For subscription membership, please email our Library Support team for details of how to join and how to pay your fee.

To apply for other membership types, please come directly to the Library Help Zone in either The Sir Michael Cobham Library on Talbot Campus or Weston Library in Bournemouth Gateway Building on Lansdowne Campus. Please note in the table below that some types of membership will have access only to The Sir Michael Cobham Library.

Please check our staffed opening hours, and note that during evenings and weekends the Libraries are open for self-service only, with no Help Zone service.

Please note the following:

Membership type Documents required to join Length of membership Access (from 1 August 2024)
Reference membership

Passport sized photo; *proof of address within the BH postcode area; **photo ID

Membership runs to the end of the current academic year (31 July each year) The Sir Michael Cobham Library only

External membership - AUB, BPC, Weymouth College, etc.

Passport sized photo; *proof of address; valid student ID card

Membership runs to the end of the current academic year (31 July each year)

The Sir Michael Cobham Library only

Alumni and former staff

Passport sized photo; *proof of address; **photo ID; confirmation email showing status - arrange in advance by contacting [email protected]

Membership runs to the end of the current academic year (31 July each year)

The Sir Michael Cobham Library

Weston Library

Subscription membership
Passport sized photo; *proof of address; **photo ID; proof of payment - arrange in advance by contacting [email protected]

One year from date of payment

The Sir Michael Cobham Library

Weston Library

SCONUL Access

Passport sized photo; valid student ID card; confirmation email from SCONUL – arrange in advance via their webpage

https://access.sconul.ac.uk/sconul-access

Membership runs to the end of the current academic year (31 July each year)

The Sir Michael Cobham Library

Weston Library

*Acceptable forms of proof of address are: bank statement, mortgage statement, utility bill or mobile phone bill issued within the last three months; local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year; current driving licence; NHS medical card or letter of confirmation from GP's practice of registration with the surgery.

**Acceptable forms of photo ID are: current passport; current driving licence; residence permit; national identity card

Please be aware that if you don't provide the correct documentation and a passport sized photograph we will be unable to complete your application.

Once you've successfully joined we'll issue you with a BU Library ID card. Please carry this with you whenever you visit the library.